Dedicated to protecting and restoring Ellerbe Creek.


We will send out this newsletter bi-monthly to keep you up-to-date with ECWA news and upcoming activities. The E-zine with watershed flora & fauna information will come out in alternate months.


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Upcoming Events:

May & June 2014


A calendar of upcoming events & opportunities.


Community Stewardship Day

Saturday May 17th

9am-12 noon

Come out to ECWA's Glennstone Preserve on Saturday, May 17 from 9 am - 12 noon for trail clearing and trash pick up in preparation for our Memorial Day hike! Please wear hiking/work boots, work gloves (if you have them), long pants and long sleeved shirt (especially if you're sensitive to poison ivy), a hat, insect repellent, and sun screen. RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary. For questions contact: Joel Ross (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 919-220-2339.

Memorial Day Hike

It is time again for our Annual Memorial Day Hike to the heron rookery - Monday May 26. Our early morning hike is at 7:30 am with Dan Kaplan leading the birding hike. Our mid-morning hike is at 10:00 am with Robert Meehan and Tracy Feldman co-leading the hike. We will identify birds, plants, butterflies and insects along the trail. The hike trail is a moderate 2 mile round trip. Please RSVP here for the hike, as space is limited. We will have scopes and some binoculars, but do bring your own if you prefer.

Remember to wear long-sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes. We will walk through some tall grass, and there is a chance of ticks and poison ivy. Do bring water, sunscreen and a hat. It is usually fairly warm, especially by the time we walk back.

Rain Garden Workshop

On Thursday May 29, at 6:45 pm we will be teaching a class on rain garden installation. There are many ways you can reduce water pollution, but rain gardens may be the most beautiful of them all! This overview class will teach you where to locate your rain garden, how to size it, what to plant, and how to maintain it as a beautiful landscape feature for years to come. The class will be held at the Main Library at 300 N. Roxborro St. in the 1st floor auditorium. Please RSVP here.

Little Sweep

Saturday May 31st, 9am-1pm

On Saturday May 31st community members will be performing the annual Little Sweep! We will be working on cleaning up Ellerbe Creek from Red Mill Road down to Falls Lake in the following ways:

    - Pedestrian access from Redwood/Clark

    - Water-based access from Redmill Road

Please join us to help restore this part of the creek to the natural wonderland it can be. Please RSVP here. For questions, contact ECWA board member Ian Pond, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 10th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant

Saturday June 7, prepageant 

activities 4pm, pageant 5pm


Join us on the Duke Park Meadow for the Epic Tenth Annual Beaver Queen Pageant!!! Vote for your favorite contestant, bribe your most corrupt judge, make a tail at the Scrap Exchange booth, enjoy the food trucks. You don't have to wait for the pageant to begin voting and bribing! Click here to vote for your favorite contestant!

Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club

Join us on Saturday June 14th at 10 am for the next Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club! RSVP here as space is limited. We will be meeting at the Pearl Mill Preserve to look at the Art of Nature, and making some of our own art with nature! We hope to see you there. Questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Explorers Club an outdoor activity club for families with young children. While the nature exploration activities are primarily for children 0 to 6 years old, all in the family are welcome to participate. For more information about the Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



First Annual Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour

Keep Saturday, September 20th open for the first ever Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour! With stops at each ECWA preserve and a Creek Smart yard, it will be a great opportunity to learn more about Ellerbe Creek and its ecology. More details soon! 

2013 Annual Report

Keep your eyes out for our Annual Report which will be arriving in the mailboxes of all members within the next few weeks. You will also be able to access it on our website:


The Bull City Food and Beer Experience

WOW! The numbers are in: The 2014 Bull City Food & Beer Experience raised $10,782 for ECWA!!! We are deeply grateful to Tyler's Restaurant & TaproomSam's Quick Shop, and DPAC for putting on such an amazing event. And a special thanks to all of the restaurants, breweries, and ECWA volunteers that made the night possible!

Creek Week Activities

On March 15 ECWA held a Rain Catchers Workshop at EK Powe Elementary School where attendees installed a 750 sq. ft. rain garden, planted trees, and did some cistern repair work. Thank you to the EK Powe staff, teachers, and volunteers for enthusatically supporting the garden's installation. Thank you also to Mitch Woodward of NC State Cooperative Extension, the City of Durham Stormwater Services, and Trees Across Durham for helping to make this workshop such a success. It was a fantastic day, and we have been told by the kids that the rain garden has really helped with the flooding they used to have on the playground!


Thanks to ECWA board and volunteers who went out the to the Goose Creek Clean Up and thanks to Sean Doig, Durham Stormwater Services, and Keep Durham Beautiful for organizing such a succesful event!


Thanks to board member Lee-Ann Tilley and other Trinity Park neighbors for cleaning up Pearl Mill Preserve for Creek Week!

Youth Conservation Corps

Many thanks to the Conservation Trust for NC, Chris Ricker with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps members, NC Youth Conservation Corps alumni, and the Triangle Youth Volunteers who came to help with ecological restoration on our Beaver Marsh and Glennstone Preserves!

The Great Human Race

ECWA volunteers didn't let the rain stop us from hitting the Great Human Race course and reaching our fundraising goal! The dedicated volunteers who made up the ECWA team raised $9,394 with a generous match from an anonymous foundation! Please consider joining Team ECWA for next year's Great Human Race, March 28th 2015!

Beaver Queen Pageant Kick-Off Party

Thanks to everybody that made the 2014 Kick-Off Party, The Queens Ball, a great night! Thank you to Social Games and Brews for hosting us; The Tills, The Bulltown Strutters, and the Bottom Line Burlesque & Comedy Troupe for entertaining us; Tyler's Taproom, REI, Great Outdoor Provision Co, Whole Foods, Kings Red & White Market, Joe Van Gogh, Bull City Homebrew, Cocoa and Cinnamon; Bull City Burger and Brewery, Pompieri Pizza, Mystery Brewing, and Starlight Meadery for providing raffle prizes; Becky Payne and the ECWA volunteers for holding down the fort; and of course a special thanks to all of the 2014 BQP contestants for gracing us with their presence. Check out their bios and vote for them here!

Stewardship Days

Big thanks to everyone who came out for our April Community Stewardship Day at the Beaver Marsh. New REI-Durham employees and members of the Durham Civic Engagement Council and ECWA removed over 1,000 pounds of trash!

Nature Hikes

Thank you to Dr. Francois Lutzoni and Jolanta Miadlikowska from Duke University for leading a a fun and educational morning of lichen discovery on Saturday April 12 at Bennet Place. And thanks to Tracy Feldman for leading a ephemeral wildflower hike on March 22nd at Glennstone. Thank you to all who joined us too! We hope you enjoyed our educational meanders through the woods.


ECWA depends on volunteers, and there are a lot of ways that you can get involved. Come to one of the stewardship days listed above, or consider joining one of our committees. 


Meeting dates:

Education Committee - TBD (usu. 2nd Wednesday of the month)

Land Stewardship Committee - May 28 (usu. 4th Wednesday)

Land Protection Committee - May 13 (usu. 2nd Tuesday)

Fundraising Committee - TBD (usu. 1st Wednesday)


ECWA Board meetings are also open to the public (usually the 3rd Wednesday every other month).  The next meeting is May 21. Please contact Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-698-9729 for details.

May 2014


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